This course is a survey of biblical theology with specific attention given to the primary theological themes of the Old and New Testament. It explores how each testament informs the redemptive storyline of the Bible. Various soteriological themes and theological systems such as dispensationalism and covenant theology are addressed. This is to lay a foundation for understanding the relationship between biblical theology and current theological issues.
In the preparation to serve the mission of the local church, an absence of biblical knowledge is completely negligent. Even more, the need for accurate and timely theological understanding that finds its roots in the biblical texts stands as a stalwart essential for any leader in the local church. Christian leaders in all contexts must develop the ability to identify, explain, and apply biblical theological principles to current cultural trends both in the church as well as in the local community.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain the primary theological themes of the Bible and key biblical texts that provide a foundation for these themes.
- Compose various statements on current cultural issues related to the larger community of the body of Christ that rely on key theological themes covered in this course.
- Develop an oral response to current theological issues that connects the redemptive storyline found in the old and New Testaments to a modern practice of faith.
- Defend the priority of biblical theological interpretations of the Bible in relation to other disciplines such as systematic theology.
- Develop a structure that can be employed by laymen in the local church to address cultural issues as they arise in the context of everyday life.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be a minimum of 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. The thread must include at least 2 references from the course textbook or outside scholarly resources. All replies must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in Turabian format . (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E)
Research Paper: Bibliography Assignment
In preparation for the Research Paper: Final Paper Assignment, the student will write a bibliography in current Turabian format to include at least 5 academic sources. You are not permitted to use the course textbooks or websites on this assignment. You are not required to provide a rationale or reason for choosing each source. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E)
Research Paper: Planning Assignment
This assignment is represented in three parts. You will (1) develop a thesis statement, (2) demonstrate the flow and support of your argument by writing a detailed outline of your paper, and (3) include an updated and expanded Bibliography page that includes a minimum of 10 academic sources. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E)
Research Paper: Final Paper Assignment
You are to take what you have prepared in the Research Paper: Planning Assignment and write a 2,400-2,700 word research paper in current Turabian format. The paper will focus on the development of your thesis as you argue for/against an aspect of biblical theology. You will provide an application section where you will discuss the purpose and practice of biblical theology in the modern church and to the individual believer. In this application section, you should aim to cover the benefits and results of the practice of biblical theology as well as a basic methodology to guide the church and individual believers to practice biblical theology on a communal and individual level. The student must incorporate content from the Theological Statements Assignment. The paper must include interaction with at least 10 academic sources including the course textbooks. The paper must rely on biblical texts, but the Bible does not count as one of the 10 references and must not be listed in the bibliography. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E)
Theological Statements Assignment
The student will produce 3 Theological Statements that specifically address key theological issues in the church. These statements must be 500–600 words each and use current Turabian formatting. Successful completion of this assignment will include 2–3 academic theological sources for each statement that must be footnoted. It must also include 3–5 key biblical texts for each statement.(MLOs: A, B, C, E)
Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned modules: weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E)